Head of Women and Markets, Women’s Economic Empowerment

Women’s Economic Empowerment

Responsible to:
Director Women’s Economic Empowerment

Accountable to:
Programme and Policy Director

London with international travel (up to 20%)

Line Management Responsibility:
The post holder manages two advisors (Innovation and Dignified Work) as well as two Senior Advisors (Value Chain). The post holder may at times be responsible for supervising, consultants, and colleagues on specific pieces of work.

Budgetary Responsibility:
The Head of Women and Markets has budgetary responsibility for a proportion of the team’s core funds as well as for project funding. The Head of Women and Markets will be responsible for making a significant contribution to team fundraising strategy, income and cost recovery targets.

About Care International
CARE International (CI) is one of the world’s leading multi-mandate aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in over 80 countries around the world and helping 65 million people each year to find routes out of poverty, with a specific focus on the empowerment of women and girls.

CARE Internationals work is guided by its Global Programme Strategy and Women’s Economic Empowerment is a key Programme Goal which CARE International UK (CIUK) leads globally on behalf of the global CARE International.

CARE has set goal to economically empower 30 million women by 2020 by giving them greater access to and control over economic resources, assets and opportunities. It will do so through five primary pathways of financial inclusion, value chain development, dignified work, and entrepreneurship. In addition, they are developing a cross-cutting focus on economic empowerment for women in fragile and humanitarian contexts – Resilient Markets. Their team works to improve practice by providing technical support and expert advice to country office teams, by supporting, designing, and testing innovative programming, supporting, demonstrating impact, and enhancing and sharing critical thinking and across the CARE confederation and contributing to research, publications & public debate.

CARE’s work and the team is recognised across INGOs, global institutional donors including DFID and The Gates Foundation, companies and in policy arenas as providing leadership in developing and delivering innovative pro-poor models for Women’s Economic Empowerment and it is clear that an ambition on this scale requires CARE to continuously expand, improve and develop new approaches, tools, models and areas of programming to achieve their ambitions.

About the Role
The Head of Women and Markets is a key management and leadership role in the Women’s Economic Empowerment team. The Head of Women and Markets will be working directly with the Director and other senior managers in the team on leading and driving CARE’s vision and ambition for Women’s Economic Empowerment. In particular, the Head of Women and Markets will be responsible for significantly growing, expanding and innovating CARE’s existing value chain portfolio as well as developing and delivering Dignified Work as a newer programming area.

The role will build and lead a high calibre team responsible for delivering CARE’s global ambitions around value chain development and dignified work. This involves the line management of four director reports; dignified work advisor, innovation advisor and two senior value chain advisors. In addition the Head of Women and Market will ensure very close coordination with CIUK Sr Policy Advisor on Value Chain and Dignified Work as well as proactively build and maintain strong relationships with core team members in other CI members, in particular CARE Norway and Australia.

The post holder and their team will work collaboratively with funding teams across CARE to develop proposals, with programme management teams as well as technical staff across CARE on Value Chain and Dignified Work. This will be done in close coordination with the Business Manager and other parts of the global Women’s Economic Empowerment team.

The post holder must ensure consistently high programme quality, ensure that CARE’s programming results in the desired impact and foster learning across CARE and with their external partners.

The post holder is expected to actively lead on strengthening CARE’s conceptual thinking and approach to Women’s Economic Empowerment. This post holder is expected to represent CARE externally with key stakeholders to promote CARE’s work, influence and shape the debate on value chains, dignified work and women’s economic empowerment overall as well as to develop new partnerships.

Main Areas of Responsibility

Programme Quality and Impact:

  • Lead on programme quality and impact in CARE’s value chain work ensuring that it delivers both economic improvement and genuine gender transformative results.
  • Lead on shaping and defining CARE’s approach to dignified work.
  • Lead on integration of the CARE approach in their value chain and dignified work activities.
  • Actively Contribute to strategic thinking on Women’s Economic Empowerment overall.
  • Report against global indicators.

Multiplying Impact:

  • Oversee, grow and scale CARE’s portfolio on value chain work in line with overall ambition of the Women’s Economic Empowerment.
  • Lead on development, growth and scale up of CARE’s portfolio on dignified work.
  • Lead on fostering a high degree of innovation in CARE’s value chain and dignified work.
  • Oversee development of best practice programme technical resources, materials and knowledge products to improve policy and practice.
  • Stay abreast of current debate and practice related to value chain, dignified work and economic empowerment more broadly.
  • Represent CARE externally.


  • In collaboration with Business Manager, lead on working with funding teams across CARE (particularly institutional, foundation or private sector) to attract and identify significant resources in line with fundraising targets.
  • Meet cost recovery targets.
  • Manage budgets as agreed with Director.
  • Contribute to annual budget development and regular reviews of departmental income and expenditure levels.

People and Team Management:

  • Recruit, induct, manage and develop the capacities of direct reports.
  • Play active role in WEE Management Team Deputise for the Director WEE as required, including at the Programme and Policy Department Management team.
  • Support the Director WEE with the development of the WEE annual operating plan, develop the value chain and dignified work team’s annual operating plan, and ensure individual team members development of appropriate objectives and individual operating plans.
  • Lead or participate in team, departmental and organisational meetings as required.
  • Contribute to developing the knowledge and skills of others at across by actively sharing knowledge and experience with others.
  • Any additional duties as may be reasonably required by a senior manager within the scope of the above.

External Contacts:

  • Thought leaders on Value chains and dignified work as well as Women’s Economic Empowerment more broadly inc. academia, think tanks, aid agencies internationally.
  • Leaders from across global civil society focused on value chains, dignified work.
  • Private Sector actors and trade unions.
  • Representatives of the international donor community with core interest in value chain development and dignified work.
  • Contacts in the international women’s movement.

Internal Contacts:

CARE International

  • Leaders across CARE responsible for value chains, livelihood, dignified work. In particular in the Food Nutrition Security team in CUSA.
  • Leaders with responsibility to the CARE Approach (Inclusive Governance; Gender & Resilience).
  • Senior representatives of CI Members committed to co-leading WEE (particularly programme, policy and institutional fundraising).

CARE International UK:

  • The Head of Advocacy and Policy Advisors working on WEE.
  • Programme Management Team.
  • Strategic Partnerships team.
  • Other Heads of Technical teams.
  • Communications team.

*The above list is provided for guidance only and is not an exhaustive list of all the contacts with whom the post-holder may be required to liaise.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications:


  • BA, MA in development or related subject, or equivalent expertise.

Skills & Abilities:


  • In-depth understanding and experience of key concepts in Women’s Economic Empowerment and expertise in applying these to development programmes.
  • Knowledge of how business operates and both the challenges and opportunities of engaging them in development.
  • Outstanding ability to support and advise non- specialist colleagues, communicate complex ideas clearly, and facilitate learning and reflection activities.
  • Ability to summarise and synthesise learning into plain English and produce high quality publications.
  • Strong negotiation, influencing and networking skills.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Strong project management and budgeting skills.
  • Skills in numeracy, budget management, and basic statistical analysis.


  • Advanced statistical analysis skills.
  • Knowledge of key macro and micro economic approaches.
  • Experience of working in the RMG sector or in Ethical Trade.



  • Experience in working within Ethical Trade and Global Supply Chains.
  • Understanding of the Decent Work Agenda.
  • Significant experience managing teams including long distance.
  • Significant experience in leading on and implementing development programmes involving private sector, markets or economic development.
  • Experience managing development initiatives, including budget management experience.
  • Experience representing an organisation, including interacting with and attracting support from representatives of the business community and institutional donors such as DFID.
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects/programmes, and demonstrating impact.
  • Experience drafting publications/ blogs for external audiences
  • Experience living overseas and working with colleagues from different cultures.
  • Understanding of principles of participation, inclusive governance, gender equity and women’s empowerment.


  • Experience of working on hybrid and complex partnership with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience working in the private sector.
  • Experience working with DFID or other institutional donors.
  • Experience designing and leading research initiatives, monitoring.
  • Business and Human Rights Agenda.

Other Essential

  • Capacity to relate effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Takes responsibility for problem solving and delivering quality results.
  • Keeps others informed.
  • Aware of others’ work priorities.
  • Willingness to undertake overseas travel.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Melissa Nicholson, email address: applications@redseasearch.com. Please subject your email with the following reference: CARE-HWM. Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.